295 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA
We are currently open Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4 pm and by appointment

As part of the Hayes Valley Reopening Party,
Hayes Valley Art Works is presenting two special events:

 5 PM 



  8:30 PM POST-PARTY: 

Photo: Vixen Photography

5 PM:  Join us at Patricia's Green and help create a Labyrinth on the street, a temporary installation in chalk. We’d love four to six volunteers to join in! A labyrinth is a walking-meditation tool.  Our labyrinth designer holds a very short ceremony to open the labyrinth. 

8:30 PM:  Stick around after the party and catch this special one time only event, a preview of a new performance art piece by RedBone. It’s sure to be an amazing experience. Come to the Oak/Octavia entrance to Hayes Valley Art Works, to our converted shipping container gallery, to see this work in progress by nationally acclaimed burlesque star and performance artist RedBone.  More about RedBone –

Special Monthly Event


@sonder.people presents 
the last weekend of each month
Saturday June 26 - Sunday June 27, 12-6 pm
Sonder.People has curated a special event for Hayes Valley Art Works and the community.   Please come by the garden June 26 - 27th for two days of artists showing their works in the lush garden environment!  Fine art, photography, jewelry, floral... something for everyone.

Come join all the artists in collaboration with @sonder.people and HVAW (Hayes Valley Art Works)  12pm-6pm. Octavia between Page and Oak.

- Blane Asrath @art_blane
- Cassidy Herndon @casadilla1121
- Élan Hawkins  @like_lani 
- Karissa @karissamackenziejewelry
- Tracy @tracesofwater 
- Sabina Kariat @kariatsabina 
- George @george_draws 
- Whitney Humphrey @witchneyjoanne

SUNDAY 6/27: 

- Blane Asrath @art_blane
- Cassidy Herndon @casadilla1121
- Élan Hawkins @like_lani
- Ben Cornish @minisuperben 

- Whitney Humphrey @witchneyjoanne
- Sabina Kariat @kariatsabina 
- George @george_draws


More updates on Instagram 
Watercolor Workshop with artist Lucia Gonnella 
on hiatus until August
Our virtual, online workshop, led by talented plein air artist Lucia Gonnella, has become very popular on Zoom.  Each week more and more painters participate, from beginners to advanced, every other Saturday from April 2020 to the present.  For the next six weeks, Lucia is on a well deserved and long awaited trip to Italy.  We'll announce another workshop later this summer. Stay tuned!
We are scheduling a garden volunteer day on June 20, 2 pm
We'll provide coffee and snacks.  You provide your energy and input!  Get your weeding and raking gloves ready! To sign up, go to WEJOIN SIGNUP

You can also sign up here for shifts to keep the sculpture garden open more often. 

Bees are buzzing, sparrows are chirping, hummingbirds humming, and butterflies are fluttering by. Not to mention all the photosynthesis going on!

We are working to keep the gardens open more frequently. We had a great response last weekend, when we had volunteers to keep them both open. Grab a coffee or snack from Mercury Café across the street and come commiserate with the flora and fauna, along with other humans and their pets. You can volunteer to garden or just hang out and mind the site for a couple of hours at  WEJOIN SIGNUP

photo credit: Stephen Santamaria
HVAW at Shared Streets
We've taken the Art Cart to the streets!  Every weekend starting in early October, we've taken the Art Cart to Hayes Street, and we've had wonderful times making art with visitors and getting to know our neighbors.  Our youngest community artists have shared amazing chalk drawings!  Recent guest artists at the Art Cart activation include  "The Gate Guy" Todd Young.  Stop by and say hello!

Todd with Caspar and Darla (photo credit: B. Early)
Hayes Valley Art Works is intended as a creative home for our community, a neighborhood backyard, a home for native plants and flowers in the garden, for community art and sculpture garden, for murals, and for what emerges when community comes together.
We recently unveiled a beautiful new piece, EMERGENCE, by sculptor Mark Baugh-Sasaki. 
Baugh-Sasaki, who had his studio in Hayes Valley for 10 years, isour sculpture garden artist in residence for 2020-21.  While most of that time we've been in lockdown, he was able to create and deliver an astonishing sculpture that beautifully captures elements of industrial structures merging with natural components of rocks and plants. The result is a stunningly beautiful piece.  Stop by and see it in person!

(photo credit: Stephen Santmaria)
Sculpture by artists at The Arc of San Francisco

David Duckworth, on The Arc of San Francisco staff, provides this statement:

"I engaged with HVAW in order to provide a space for the community I serve, adults with developmental and/or physical challenges.  Gardens have been an ideal place for our community members to develop a relationship with a small ecosystem in which they can work and produce.  .... We built the boat from scrap material.  It is at once a multi-level planter box and seat with writing table.  It is designed so that a vine can climb and inhabit the outer contours of the structure including the sail.  This marriage of structure and vine has continued to intrigue."

You've seen amazing murals that artists have painted on boarded up storefronts.  These murals emerged through the amazing efforts of artists, business owners, neighbors, the great work done by Paint the Void fundraising and connecting artists, and our HVAW site managers partnering with Paint the Void to connect artists to vacant spots needing murals, as well as our partnerships with HVNA  the Lower Haight Neighbors and ArtTrailSF

We are delighted to have two murals by artist Todd Kurnat now installed in our Parcel S garden!  Please come by - you can see the mural that was formerly at Minimal on the fence from outside, and come inside to see the gorgeous mural on the back!

Murals by Todd Kurnat

We hope to have more murals by other Hayes Valley muralists very soon!  
HVAW is committed to supporting community through art, music, conversation and other forms of social engagement.   
Join our   group for more details
Please check our MEETUP page for each week's schedule.  Currently seeking artists and crafters to lead us in these events!
PaintbrushArt in the Garden Saturdays
Every other Saturday, we are online with Watercolor Workshops. On other Saturdays, stop by the garden. You can sign up for info on Meetup   Bring your supplies or share what supplies we have and express your creativity with others. Drawing, painting, clay or wood sculpting and other media encouraged. No formal instruction is provided, although we will have special sessions with local artists to be announced. 
PencilWriting & Weeding Sundays
ONLINESign up on Meetup.   Writer's block?  Join us to work on wordcraft in a dedicated environment. Prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, short stories,  journaling - or weeding! - are all welcome.   We start with a check in, set writing goals, have breaks, and weed.  Now affiliated with the "Shut Up & Write" meetup group.
ScissorsMaker's Day Fridays
Currently suspended.  You can sign up for info when it will reopen on Meetup 



Artist Ariel Ruiz sculpture represents displaced families that once called this area home.    
Ariel started this project while a student at SFSU.  The recently refurbished sculpture is on extended display in the garden.

If All My Thoughts Were Spoken: I - VI
Rikki List's interactive panels in the garden
International media artist Rikki List's six interactive panels on dry-erase material allow visitors to write their own thought bubbles with dry erase pens.  Stop by and watch this piece evolve - and participate!

Red Means Stop  
Artist: Michael Goldman  
Passersby find their attention arrested by this wonderful sculpture on Lot S.  Michael Goldman's sculptures were recently exhibited in San Francisco, Denver, and Poughkeepsie.  "Red Means Stop" is available for purchase.  More info at

Totem and Second Wind    
Artist: Michelle Echenique  

Michelle Echenique works with reclaimed material, including natural debris such as the trellis in Totem. She created these pieces specifically for HVAW's garden.   
More info: 


Honey Bear     
Artist:  fnnch
"Honey Bear" was fnnch's first sculpture, created for Burning Man 2016. The honey bear is envisioned as a symbol of happiness. Positive emotions then invite the viewer to think differently about the space in which the bear exists.  
For more information, visit


Upon a TIme  
Artist: Phillipe Jestin

"My work is inspired by the human figure and finding ways to create an object visually ambiguous, offering different lectures between the figurative and the abstract, going back and forth, open to the potential of a fluid perception."

More info at


Sculpture garden and gallery shows

We are seeking  sculpture, murals - especially work done during Covid - for the garden, fence and gallery.
For future exhibits, seeking paintings, prints, mixed media, photography, drawing, sculpture.

Garden work size: Varied for outdoor sculpture; gallery work size: Up to  5’ x 5’   
Please include cover letter or resume, 5-10 digital images, website or social media links.

Timeline:  Entries will be accepted on an ongoing basis.   We will notify by email.  Accepted artwork should be ready to hang/install.

We will need you to reopen!  If you're interested in buzzing around the garden, helping expand our online presence, programs, or just holding the space open for others, please stop by (when we re-open) or drop us an email.  Also seeking local artists interested in exhibiting work in our upcoming shows.  

LOVE, DARLA        


OK. So these Friday events are going to be supercool.  A labyrinth is a cat's kind of art work.  And on Friday night - you'll be in awe of RedBone.  So, I say, check it out.  

I'll be in the garden some weekend, maybe at the Artist Garden event. So you should come, and see me.....

 Come for the cheese. 
 Stay for the art. 
 Fall for the cat.

We are fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which allows us to offer you tax deductions for your contributions. Use the Donate button above or please make checks payable to Intersection for the Arts, and write Hayes Valley Art Works in the memo line.  This ensures that you’ll receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes, and your donation will be available for our project.

Intersection for the Arts is our non-profit fiscal sponsor. Intersection provides assistance to individual artists and organizations as they work to develop and sustain their artistic work, and the fiscal sponsorship means that donations are tax-deductible.

Hayes Valley Art Works created a community art and gathering space, where neighborhood residents can meet and work with with professional artists and make tangible connections to the Bay Area's creative community. With successful partnership-based exhibitions, performances, activity days, and art residencies,  we’re laying the groundwork for new collaborative exhibitions that showcase the Bay Area’s vibrant creative relationships, resources, and creative innovation.

Please help us reach our goal by donating today. Every bit counts!  As we are now fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts,  your donations are tax-deductible. 

Copyright © 2021 Hayes Valley Art Works, All rights reserved.

Our address is:
Octavia Boulevard between Oak and Lily
(295 Oak on Google Maps)
San Francisco, CA 94102

We are open: 
Saturday: 12-4. (sculpture garden between Lily/Page 2-5)
Sunday: 12-4  
Monday - Friday: by appointment only
HVAW Birdhouses

We are a Member of Intersection for the Arts. Intersection provides Bay Area based artists and arts organizations with resources, community and cultural space in order to develop sustainable practices. Visit

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